Sexy wedding songs aren’t for everyone. For instance, if you’re having a traditional Catholic ceremony, and you’ve invited your priest to the reception, I would avoid choosing Ginuwine’s “So Anxious” as your first dance song. However, if your close friends and family would describe your relationship as playful, romantic, and passionate, then chances are you can pull off something a little less traditional for the first dance, provided it still fits in the overall tone of your reception.

Sexy First dance at a Chicago Wedding

Here’s a list of 17 first dance songs that add a tasteful amount of soul and sex appeal to a timeless tradition.

The Oldies:

  1. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green 
    The groove is enough to make you want to dance, but Al’s velvety falsetto is the sprinkles on the sundae in this jam.
     
  2. “I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingoes 
    This recognizable tune will be sure to give your guests all the feels. Sweepy, dreamy, and intimate, you’ll be inspired to both hold your partner close and dance boldly into your marriage.
     

  3. “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke
    Short, sweet, melodic and to the point, no one says it like Sam Cooke. Light and breezy instrumentals with lyrics of depth and commitment, this song lets you express your devotion to your new spouse without getting wrapped up in complex poetry.

  4. “At Last” by Etta James
    This wedding song is a classic for a reason: sentimental lyrics; smooth, danceable beat; and a dash of soul. For those looking for something classy, yet subtly dramatic, look no further.

  5. “It Had To Be You” by Billie Holiday
    Soft, romantic, jazzy, cozy. If you and your partner would take cuddling in front of a fireplace on a winter day over just about anything else, this song is everything you want your first dance to be.


 

The Covers:

  1. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” covered by Lauryn Hill
    Lauryn’s take on this classic Frankie Valli track adds more groove than you thought possible, making this a fun song to dance (and sing along) to.
     

  2. “Get Lucky” covered by Karen Souza
    Everyone loves this Daft Punk hit from 2013, but Souza’s cover offers up a slow, sultry vibe, and vocals that will leave you weak in the knees. If you’re looking to spice up your first dance with a dash of sexy, but also a hint of humor, this is your go-to.

  3. “Latch” Acoustic version by Sam Smith
    Smith’s ethereal, smooth voice drips with emotion, leaving both you and your guests wanting to hold their loved ones close and have a moment of intimacy. This tune undoubtedly sets the mood for an evening of romance.

The Hits:

  1. “Adorn” by Miguel
    This jam will definitely get your hips moving! If you want to body roll and move yo booty, “Adorn” is for you.

  2. “Adore You” by Miley Cyrus
    While Miley isn’t known for “first dance appropriate” music, this tune of hers is perfect for expressing the sentiment of the day. Straight forward and lyrical, this ballad will express your feelings about your new spouse while giving your audience a reason to take out their lighters (or cell phones) and sway.
     

  3. “Oui” by Jeremih 
    For an R&B take on your first dance, this track’s pumping bass beat and sweet, sexy sentiment will get your guests in the mood for dancing all night long.
     

  4. “Forever Mine” by Andra Day
    This unique, ethereal song will have you grooving, swaying, spinning, and dipping your dance away. Andra’s deep, sultry voice will inspire you to hold each other tight and show off your love for one another in all the right ways.
     

  5. “One And Only” by Adele
    Adele’s powerhouse vocals alone will give you goosebumps, but add on the bluesy accompaniment, and you’ve got yourself one sexy first dance song
     

  6. “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
    If you want to shout about your love from a rooftop, then this is your jam! Waltzy, graceful, but powerful, this song will have you floating across the dance floor.
     

  7. “XO” by Beyoncé 
    “You’d better kiss me.” The lyrics tell all in this sexy Beyoncé tune. Plus, the dramatic shifts in dynamics throughout the song call for an amazing first dance.

For the hipsters:

  1. “Hold You In My Arms” by Ray Lamontagne
    Ray’s folksy guitar and subtlely raw voice keep this dance tune saturated with desire and playfulness, giving you the perfect opportunity to be swept away in emotion and dance grooviness.
     

  2. “Open” by Rhye
    The ethereal vocals and driving beat are a winning combination for this sexy groove. Tender, yet honest, this song calls for intimacy and sentimentality.

Whatever song you choose, make sure that it’s meaningful to your personality and the dynamics of your relationship. If you have a song in mind, but are unsure of how to dance tastefully to it, for the sake of your guests, seek professional help! There are plenty of dance professionals standing by to lend a hand. Check out our blog about the 10 Things All First Dances Must Include for more insight, and if you’d like additional information don’t hesitate to contact us at info@ballroomdancechicago.com